Williamson, Barrett, and Morant Proving to be Top Three Picks in 2019 NBA Draft

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

Duke power forward Zion Williamson, Duke forward R.J. Barrett, and Murray State Point Guard Ja Morant could very well be the Top 3 picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. They all continued to make a case to be the top picks in the NBA Draft this upcoming June.

All three of those players possess a different skill set. Zion Williamson is a big forward who can rebound, block shots, dunk, and shoot from the outside. He is a freak of nature when he is driving down the lane. A lot of people think Williamson is going to be the consensus number one pick in the NBA Draft come June.

He scored 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals in a 72-70 win at home against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday night. As of right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be the favorites to land the number one pick in the NBA Draft.

Barrett was a beast for Duke on Saturday. He scored 30 points, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded three assists. R.J. Barrett has the potential to be an elite scorer at the next level. He will most likely be the number two pick in the NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls would have the number two pick in the NBA Draft right now.

The last time two players from the same school went number one and number two in the NBA Draft was in 2012. Anthony Davis went to the New Orleans Pelicans number one and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went to the Charlotte Hornets number two. They both played at the University of Kentucky.

Murray State point guard Ja Morant is taking the NCAA by storm and the NBA scouts by storm. He is starting to become a dominant player. Morant is a player that can't be overlooked. He plays hard night in and night out. Ja Morant will be a franchise player when he comes to the NBA. The New York Knicks would have the third pick in the NBA Draft right now.

Morant scored 40 points, grabbed three rebounds, recorded 11 assists, and recorded five steals for Murray State in a 82-72 win on the road against SIU-E. He made all 21 of his free throws. Ja Morant is the first player in the past 20 years to have at least 40 or more points, 10 or more assists, and five or more steals in a game that didn't go to overtime.

The Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks are the fourth and fifth worst teams in the NBA. North Carolina forward Nassir Little and Duke forward Cam Reddish are also projected to be drafted in the Top 5 in the NBA Draft.